Posts Categorized: 2012

Q & A with Dan Krokos

Q & A with Dan Krokos

It’s always great to find new male YA authors, particularly those who create strong, thinking heroines. If you’re a fan of science fiction thrillers, False Memory will definitely take you on an exciting ride full unexpected twists and turns. Author Dan Krokos chats with us today about his impressive debut, as well as the sometimes-bumpy road that new authors have to face in today’s world of social media.     About False Memory TMG: Hi Dan, congratulations on your novel. I really enjoyed the fact that the book is such a smart thriller, touching on everything from gene therapy to brain wave manipulation. What was the genesis of this story? How long did it take you to write it? DK: I had the first kernel of the story back when I was writing my third manuscript. It was an urban fantasy about a new kind of magic that gave people… Read more »

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Amber House: review

Amber House: review

Amber Houseby Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed I love a good Gothic novel, so I could not have been more eager to finally be able to sit and crack open this story. Amber House delivers a gothic/horror/scary tale in all its intrinsic glory. It involves a young girl, called Sarah, who returns with her family to the old family estate, Amber House, to bury the matriarch of this strange, strange dynasty. They decide to stay for a couple of weeks and very soon Sarah discovers shadows, echoes, and mysteries in every corner of this ancient place. Mysteries of her ancestry, of the past lives that walked among the halls and rooms she now occupied; disturbing revelations about her cold, abrupt mother, ones that threaten to loosen the already delicate ties holding the two of them together; and frightening enigmas about the house itself, a house that seems to have… Read more »

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False Memory: review

False Memory: review

False Memoryby Dan Krokos Of the many young adult science fiction novels that have been released recently, False Memory stands out as an extremly fun, solidly entertaining debut. This action-packed, suspenseful story follows Miranda North, a teenage girl who wakes up without any memory of who she is. Before long, she discovers that her unusual ability to release a painful pulse of energy is the reason why she’s being relentlessly pursued…and the reason why her life, as well as the lives of many others, is now in danger. From brain wave manipulation to rogue agents to a tonally genuine romance, this book includes a lot of different elements, and manages to present them all in a surprisingly engaging way. The author understands how to balance tension and levity, as well as how to up the ante both physically and emotionally as the story builds to its climax. It’s rare to find… Read more »

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Girl of Nightmares: review and giveaway!

Girl of Nightmares: review and giveaway!

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2)by Kendare Blake “It’s probably going to be blood,” Thomas says in a regretful tone that doesn’t match the devious excitement in his eyes. “It’s almost always about blood.” If your dead, ghostly girlfriend sacrificed herself for you, you’d hope she’d at least finally be at peace, right? But it turns out poor Anna is still a lost, unmoored soul, and Cas Lowood is still haunted by her face everywhere he goes. In this sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood, which was one of my favorite books from 2011, Cas must find out what’s happened to the girl he loves, all the while uncovering more long-held secrets from his past. Sequels are always a tricky business, so I breathed a sigh of relief when I found that it was easy to immerse myself in this world again. I love the dark beauty of Kendare Blake’s writing… Read more »

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Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic YA giveaway

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic YA giveaway

Our last YA science fiction giveaway was so popular, we decided to do another one! Here’s your chance to win 3 cool new 2012 young adult titles with dystopian or post-apocalyptic themes. One lucky winner will receive all three books below, which includes two ARCs and one finished copy. Beta by Rachel CohnHere’s what caught my attention about this book: the publishing rep told me it started out with a older woman browsing in a boutique. But what’s she’s buying is not a dress or a handbag, but a teenage girl–a clone. I got chills hearing that! Release Date: October 16, 2012 The Forsaken by Lissa M. StasseThis is the first book in a dystopian trilogy. The cover is so awesome–I love how non-traditional it is for its genre! The story sounds a little bit like a Battle Royale-type scenario, since a 16-year-old girl with violent tendencies must try to… Read more »

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Monstrous Beauty: review

Monstrous Beauty: review

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama It was a woman–as pale and luminescent as a ghost, with swirling white hair. Ezra startled, dropping his pencil into the water. Her face snapped toward him. Her eyes were too large, clear green, and had horizontal, slit-shaped pupils, reminiscent of an octopus. Did your pulse quicken when you read that paragraph? Mine did! I had a feeling I was going to love this book, because it blends several different things that I love: mermaids, the nineteenth century, and ghosts. What I wasn’t prepared for was an unconventionally striking story that will definitely not appeal to someone looking for a typical YA paranormal book. I found this dark fairy tale to be wildly exciting and utterly gorgeous, however, and I think it will find its audience in readers who enjoy literary fiction or more mature YA. In the late 1800s, a mermaid named Syrenka makes… Read more »

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Shadow and Bone: review

Shadow and Bone: review

Shadow and Boneby Leigh Bardugo The correct term for my current condition is Tskdn;ieajnrja. It is a state in which the mind of a reader of young adult fiction is awesomely blown. I’ve lost all sense of decorum. You see, all I want to do is fangirl. That’s it. All the time. I come near the book and it’s a reaction — I just squeal and squeeze my hands to my heart and bat my lashes and swing side to side, breathe in air, breathe out wishful thoughts.  It’s a symptom, a side effect, a sickness, a who cares. I don’t mind that Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone has turned my brain to mush, or that it has limited my mental capacity to that of a tween girl. I’ve written notes and I have things to say, I just can’t piece them together to make enough sense that they would… Read more »

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